general motors

1956 Cadillac Series 62 Sedan at Klairmont Kollections in Chicago.

This was the first year that Cadillac produced the pillarless sedans.  It featured a 365 cu in (6.0 liter) V8 engine producing a much needed 263 horsepower (196 kW) and 378 lb-ft (513 Nm) of torque to push all of that Detroit chrome and steel to 60 miles-per-hour (97 km/hr) in around 12 seconds according to Popular Mechanics.  This was very impressive at the time.  As expected, fuel consumption was 10.6 miles-per-U.S. gallon (22.19 L/100km).

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OSS M3 Grease Gun suppressed submachine gun

Manufactured by the Guide Lamp division at General Motors, two-part suppressor manufactured by High Standard c.1944-45.
.45ACP 30-round removable box magazine, open-bolt blowback fully automatic fire, leather brace.

Made for the United States’ Office of Strategic Services around the end of World War 2, this suppressor was made of a perforated rifled barrel housed in a wire mesh based suppressor, with an additional pistol suppressor of the same design fitted on the muzzle.

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1955 LaSalle II Roadster Concept Car at Fuelfed Coffee and Classics in Winnetka, Illinois.  This is only the third time this car has been shown to the public since 1955.  It was found in pieces in a junk yard in 1988 and restored to its current condition over the course of 20 years.

If you consider the concept cars shown by the U.S. car brands throughout the years, it looks as though there have always been people pushing for the production of true sports cars in the U.S.  Unfortunately, they rarely were able to get their projects approved for production, and by the middle of the 1960s, the U.S. companies chose instead to produce more of the easier to develop and therefore more profitable “muscle” cars.

At the time when this car was built, a car bearing the LaSalle name hadn’t been produced in fifteen years but GM knew that the public wanted a resurrection of the still famous line of cars.  They chose to make this amazing looking LaSalle roadster to feature technology that could have eventually put the U.S. car industry on a path to become the world leader.  Its engine would have been a revolutionary aluminum dual-overhead cam fuel-injected V6.  At the time, the Mercedes 300SL had a single overhead cam aluminum fuel-injected inline-six cylinder engine.  But that car was essentially a race car for the road and a lot of money was spent in its development.  Sadly, GM opted not to innovate and let their marketing and accounting departments lead the company forward rather than their engineers.  They ordered this car to be destroyed.  Fortunately it wasn’t destroyed beyond repair.

GM finally offered an aluminum fuel-injected DOHC V6 in 2004.